We’re excited to embark on the next phase of the Urban Waters project, a joint effort among TTF, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and GreenTreks Network, made possible through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Participants from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Tree Keepers and PHS Roots to Re-Entry learned job skills focused on maintenance of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The students attended several training workshops on topics ranging from physical systems to plant identification, and came away with knowledge that will serve them as they enter Philadelphia’s emerging green economy. They also received hands-on training and performed necessary care and maintenance at a variety of community sites this spring.
Starting this fall, we will teach neighborhood residents the skills necessary to pick up where the students left off. Rain gardens at Vernon Park,the Olney Recreation Center, Wissahickon Charter School, and the Cayuga Triangle will provide the classrooms for educational workshops and community work days.
Stay tuned for information on these events, and join us to learn about how to care for these community assets.